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Sep 21
2012

Disaster Recovery for HIPAA Data & Applications

Posted by Adnan Raja in HIPAA Data Security

Adnan Raja

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to help address concerns regarding health care data security and privacy.  As part of the administrative safeguards of this act, health care facilities are responsible for backing up their data and having a disaster recovery plan in place for responding to emergencies. 

In general, health care facilities are responsible for maintaining the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of their patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI).  If a patient arrives in the Emergency Room in the middle of the night, the physician needs to be able to access the patient’s electronic health records quickly so that they can address their needs effectively. 

Sep 18
2012

DRJ's and Industry Conferences' Most Under-Valued Benefit

Posted by Aaron Callaway in Disaster Recovery Tools

Aaron Callaway

After every conference I undoubtedly get a variation of the same question, "How was the show? How was the attendance?" And every year I give the same response...... "Show was great. Wish the attendance was a bit higher." I think we all know that BCP and DR are some of the first casualties of budget cuts. Well, conference privileges get cut before BCP and DR. As we go into budget season for most organizations I suggest you fight a bit harder to attend local and national conferences. Sure we all benefit from the content and keeping up with the latest technology but one of the most under-valued benefits of attending conferences is the networking that just happens. Networking doesn't just happen in the sessions or at the vendor exhibits. It can certainly also happen at the bar, or at the Gym, or while checking out the local surroundings. This networking is very hard to report back on, but I believe in this virtual world we live in now that one hand shake at a conference can create an everlasting relationship..... For the record this blog is purely the opinion of Fairchild Consulting and the Arnold's had nothing to do with influencing this blog ;o)

Sep 17
2012

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Adnan Raja in Disaster Recovery Hosting

Adnan Raja

It is extremely important for businesses to have a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place for situations where downtime or data loss may affect the business’ ability to continue operating smoothly and effectively.  To protect your data, it is essential that you know what you’ve got, understand what’s at risk, and then create a Disaster Recovery plan to keep risk at a minimum.

Disaster Recovery ties directly into business continuity because with so many businesses relying on their websites and/or the Internet in general, the loss of data could greatly affect their revenue.  The reality is that if your information system is taken down due to a flood, malware, hack attack, etc., you have both a business continuity and disaster recovery issue on your hands.

Sep 13
2012

Returning From San Diego a Little Bit Wiser

Posted by Joe Flach in DRJ Conference

Joe Flach

I was first given responsibility for disaster recovery planning in 1985 while working at, what was then known as, Bank of Virginia in Richmond, VA. We were a UNISYS shop and had a mainframe recovery subscription with a company whose name I no longer remember that had a UNISYS recovery facility in Warminster, PA. I have been working in the fields of disaster recovery, business continuity, emergency response and crisis management, in a corporate management or consulting capacity ever since. You do the math to determine how many years’ experience that equates to – I am not sure I want to!

But, even after all those years, I am still learning new things, new techniques, better solutions, better methodologies, etc., each and every day. And, through conferences such as the just completed 2012 DRJ Fall World, I accelerate that learning process and I meet more and more people that help me grow and learn along the way.

Sep 12
2012

How to Determine Risk Appetite in the Context of Business Continuity

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Brian Zawada & Jacque Rupert, Avalution Consulting
Article originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

The introduction of ISO 22301 (Societal security – Requirements – Business continuity management system) more closely aligns business continuity to the broader risk management discipline. A major contributor to this alignment is the standard’s requirement to understand the organization’s “risk appetite” (a term not used in BS 25999). 

Sep 10
2012

Summer is Coming to an End - That Must Mean It's DRJ Fall World

Posted by Joe Flach in Untagged 

Joe Flach

I wish I could tell you that my summer was spent vacationing in some exotic location without internet access; or I was deep in remote third world countries performing humanitarian work for international charities; or that I won the lottery and was out spending my new found fortunes ­ ­­- but, I can’t.  Instead, being a consultant who has to work when the work is available, I spent my summer busy with delivering client projects.

For me, that is a hopeful sign.  This bares hope of a sign that the economy is picking up and companies are now able to support projects, such as business continuity planning, that are often deemed deferrable during down-times.  This bares hope that budgets are starting to allow for monies to invest in consulting assistance for projects, such as disaster recovery planning, where the in-house expertise is lacking.  And, this bares hope that companies are starting to put more emphasis on and giving more attention to business continuity planning and related topics.

Sep 07
2012

Three Trends in IT Disaster Recovery

Posted by Adnan Raja in Disaster Recovery

Adnan Raja

Aug 27
2012

Advantages of cPanel Cloud Server Hosting

Posted by Adnan Raja in Data Backups

Adnan Raja

cPanel is a Linux control panel used by many web hosting companies because not only is it one of the most intuitive control panels available, but also it is relatively cheap to use.  cPanel allows you to control and manage every aspect of your website and is compatible with Linux applications like Fedora, Mandriva, CetOS, and Redhat Enterprise Linux.  In addition, there is a plethora of plug-ins available online for this leading control panel.

Aug 27
2012

Haiti Revisited - Hurricane Isaac's Unnecessary Deaths

Posted by Dr Tom Phelan in Haiti Quake.

Dr Tom Phelan

In 2010 following the earthquake devastation in Haiti, I became concerned about the use of tarps and similar temporary shelter materials because of the strong possibility of a hurricane later that same year. Haitians were spared the any serious hurricanes in 2010 and 2011, but in 2012, they were seriously impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

What I proposed in 2010 was to use ConEx containers for temporary shelter, feeling that they were in abundance and more durable than tarps.  I shared my thoughts at DRJ in Orlando with Hector Fulgencio and Cole Emerson.  Hector was familiar with ConEx containers from his work in the shipping industry. Cole has vast experience in disaster response.  The consensus among us was that there was indeed a surplus of containers in the U.S. and the military could offload them and place them using heavy lift helicoptors. This would not necessitate using the ports in Haiti which had been seriously damaged. Since ConEx containers are transported via the sea, there would also be no need for the damaged and overcrowded airport.

Aug 24
2012

Is a "Measured" Continuity Program Good Enough??? Or Just Right??

Posted by Aaron Callaway in Disaster Recovery Tools

Aaron Callaway

The goal of Measured programs is to develop a resiliency program that is efficiently sized to mitigate risk while monitoring critical data elements to manage risk as the business demands. Measured programs are developed and maintained by utilizing three steps.  The first step takes into account an organization’s current state of readiness and resources available to them. The second step reviews industry best practices and determines application to your organization.  The third approach requires the implementation of program monitoring and dashboarding to provide data intelligence for senior leadership to identify a change in the risk profile and its potential impact to the organization.  This data will drive actionable items to treat, transfer, terminate, or tolerate the risks at hand.